What Materials do we use?
There are two types of material that we use at Tidewater 3D Printing:
Which material is right for your project will depend on a variety of factors including:
- Material Requirements (weight, flexibility, finish etc)
3D printing filaments are the materials used in the additive manufacturing process to create three-dimensional objects layer by layer. These filaments serve as the raw material for both our Elegoo Neptune 3 and Ender 3 Max 3D printers, providing the necessary feedstock to produce physical objects with intricate designs and complex geometries. There are various types of 3D printing filaments available, each offering unique properties and applications. Let’s explore some of the most common filaments used in 3D printing today.
PLA (Polylactic Acid): PLA is one of the most popular and widely used 3D printing filaments. It is a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugarcane. PLA is known for its ease of use, low printing temperature, and minimal warping, making it suitable for beginners and general-purpose printing. It has a relatively low strength compared to other filaments, but it is often used for prototyping, decorative objects, and educational purposes due to its wide range of vibrant colours and ease of post-processing.
PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol): PETG is a versatile 3D printing filament that combines the best properties of PLA and ABS. It is known for its excellent strength, durability, and impact resistance, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. PETG is more flexible than PLA and ABS, which makes it less brittle and less prone to cracking. It has good layer adhesion, low shrinkage, and excellent chemical resistance. PETG is often used for functional parts, mechanical components, containers, and outdoor applications due to its weather resistance.
These are the filaments that we currently use, however there are a couple of others that we *may* be able to use, if the project warranted it.
Each filament type has its own unique properties, advantages, and considerations, allowing users to choose the material that best suits their specific needs and desired outcomes. As 3D printing technology continues to advance, we can expect to see even more innovative filament materials and applications in the future.